1890s Victorian Egyptian Revival Sterling Silver Brooch/Pendant
While most people equate Egyptian Revival with the 1920s and the discovery of King Tut's tomb, the fact is that ancient Egypt has been influencing design -- particularly jewelry -- for hundreds of years.
During the Regency era of the early 1800s, society's hunger for ancient Egyptian culture grew thanks to the release of Dominique Vivant Denon's illustrated 24-volume "La Description de l'Egypte," in which the artist sketched some of the magnificent structures he saw during his visit with Napoleon.
In 1898, ancient Egypt was all the rage once more following the discovery of KV35, the most famous royal mummy cache in the Valley of the Kings.
This exquisite piece is from the latter Victorian era Egyptian Revival period. It is a massive piece fashioned in sterling silver with intricate geometric wire work. The center of the piece has an iconic cutout Egyptian scene featuring the Great Sphinx and pyramids of Giza.
The back of the brooch features a trombone clasp as well as a necklace bail, making this piece interchangeable.
This would be a lovely addition to any lover of ancient Egypt's collection!
Markings: Silver hallmarks on the pin.